El Paso is slowly opening up once again amidst the coronavirus pandemic but some local business owners are treading lightly.

After Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced that Texas would be reopening with precautions set in place some local business owners are still concerned about the uptick of COVID 19 cases in El Paso.

Earlier this week I stopped by Monarch for an ice-cold latte and started to chat up local business owner Alfredo Campos. He mentioned that they were closed up until a couple of weeks ago when they decided to open Monarch back up again to offer its walk-up coffee and cocktail service to-go.

Campos shared his thoughts on how bars are struggling to figure out how to make everyone feel comfortable and safe once they are allowed to open as a full bar.

El Paso Matters recently published a letter penned by Jim Ward of the band Sparta and owner of Eloise who shared his concerns about opening up too soon - touching on the overall mixed message that the Governor has issued, he wrote:

“Public and private gatherings are prohibited but you can go to a mall?

Facemasks are required but you can eat in public?

You must stay six feet away from others but you can refill their tea?

How do sanitize a restaurant bathroom completely every single time a person uses it?”

Eloise continues to offer curbside pickup and delivery and will continue to do so until the coast is clear but will not be opening up its doors to the public at this time. To read the whole article – Click HERE.

With no actual handbook on how to restart the new business and customer model during the coronavirus pandemic - we all need to understand that this transitionary period will not be easy for many but the least we can do is support local as much as possible and take the proper precautions that will ensure the safety of employees and customers alike.

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